If you go to the hospital you may lose your mind!

If you go to the hospital you may lose your mind!

Have you ever seen anyone you love lose his or her mind within a matter of hours? Even if they recover from the dark side you don’t ever want to see it happen again. And, that dark side can reappear at any time. Trust me.

I just learned about hospital delirium. When a patient is in the hospital they can develop a cluster of serious psychiatric symptoms that represent acute brain failure. It happened to my mother this week. The hospital is very aware of it, although they actually do little to prevent it.

An estimated 7 million Americans experience delirium at the hospital every year. It is estimated that a weeklong stay at the hospital can cause hospital delirium in 30% of patents. Over 70 years of age it can be up to 60 -80% of patients.

The chance of a patient’s death 30 days after the hospital stay doubles if this occurs. Acute brain failure!   Your chance of developing full blown Alzheimer’s disease over the next 5 years goes up as well. Until recently, hospital-acquired delirium was chalked up to old age and not considered a condition to be prevented or treated.

Delirium also is one of the most costly complications of a trip to the hospital. It leads to longer stays — up to 10 days longer. This can cost each elderly patient an extra $60,000 to $64,000 per hospital stay.

My mother thought she was losing her mind. She couldn’t understand why she was having the thoughts she was having. It was so debilitating, she just wanted to die.

The doctors told me this was probably happening but they never said what to do. Then I changed what little I had control over. I brought in pictures of her life and plastered the walls with it. I brought in the books she had written and her favorite movies. Unfortunately, the constant change in personnel, lack of pain control, dehydration and over monitoring trumps everything.

The patient can become paranoid, confused, depressed, lose their memory, become highly resistant, have hallucinations, be disoriented, decide they will not get better, or decide to die.

While this can be brought on by infections, dehydration, and medication, environmental and treatment routines are the main stressors.

Major contributors:
Sensory deprivation: A patient being put in a room that often has no windows, and is away from family, friends, and all that is familiar and comforting.

Sleep disturbance and deprivation: The constant disturbance and noise with the hospital staff coming at all hours to check vital signs, give medications, taking blood, and turning the patient every two hours. The constant change in nursing or medical staff can be disorienting.

Continuous light levels: Continuous disruption of the normal biorhythms with lights on continually (no reference to day or night).

Stress: Patients feel total loss of control over their life. Many times the medical personnel do not ask permission and get angry when the patient is not agreeable. In teaching hospitals in particular, medical tests can be excessive and unnecessary.

Lack of orientation: A patient’s loss of time and date.

Pain: When pain is not controlled, people physically heal slower and can cause great mental anxiety.

What you can do:

  • Get the patient moving at least three times a day. Sit up, and then walk to the bathroom or down the hall.
  • Bring what the patient needs to see, hear, eat and stay oriented: glasses, hearing aids, dentures and favorite foods from home, movies, books, and photos. Remind patients of who they are in normal times, bring along familiar objects from home.
  • Stay close by, and take notes, to be able to explain to the patient in simple terms what’s going on. Hospitals are confusing places.
  • Engage in cognitive training: Brain-stimulating activities, like video games, Scrabble, cards or crosswords, for 60 minutes a day improve the ability to handle everyday tasks, like balancing a checkbook or organizing a family reunion.

I am learning the hard way. You need to be informed before stepping into a hospital or you may be unhappily surprised what comes out.

Dr. Lori Todd

WorldLegacy Graduate Rice Diet Renewal Book

WorldLegacy Graduate Rice Diet Renewal Book

Author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Rice Diet Solution, Kitty Gurkin Rosati, graduate of WorldLegacy’s NC73 Leadership Program has just published a new book called The Rice Diet Renewal.  While many diets can help you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period, the Rice Diet can document that 43 percent of its participants have maintained or increased their weight loss over six years. Now, in The Rice Diet Renewal, Kitty Gurkin Rosati, presents the essentials of the four-step Rice Diet program.  Rosati explains how it helps you heal your underlying food and health issues and replace negative, powerless thinking with an awakened awareness of your passion and purpose. Then she introduces a new generation of powerful exercises and tools based on the latest research including energetic healing methods, music, art, quantum physics, aromatherapy, and more.

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Kitty Gurkin Rosati, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., has worked in the field of weight-related disease prevention and reversal for two and a half decades.  She is the nutrition director of the Rice Diet Program and has been a clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kitty is a graduate of WorldLegacy’s NC73B Leadership Program.  Purchase the Rice Diet Renewal.

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Energy Psychology and EFT

Energy Psychology and EFT

Energy Psychology is a relatively new field that uses physical and cognitive methods to support people in permanently and quickly shifting unwanted emotional and behavioral states. The technique combine Eastern approaches to the mind and body with Western psychology and psychotherapy ideas. Many people refer to these methods as “acupuncture without needles” and there are many variations of techniques and practices used for this.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the well-known variations that use techniques derived from acupuncture and acupressure. EFT was developed in the 1990s by Stanford engineer Gary Craig. EFT is derived from Thought Field Therapy (TFT), developed in the 1980s by psychologist Roger Callahan. A quick explanation of the method is that there is manual stimulation of certain acupuncture points that send signals to the amygdala and other brain structures that reduce the hyper-arousal associated with a traumatic memory or threatening situation. When the brain “re-integrates” the traumatic memory, then there is reduced arousal or no arousal of this emotion in the future. Despite growing acceptance of acupuncture by the Western medical establishment in recent years, related techniques such as EFT have yet to be embraced to the same extent by mainstream practitioners. Implicit in EFT’s procedures and protocols is the assumption that the original cause of most limiting beliefs and psychological/physiological distress is life trauma, particularly in early childhood. The negative effects of life trauma are very simply referred to in EFT as a ‘disruption’ in the mind/body’s energy system.

This technique has been used to successfully deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, phobias, stress management, wide range of physical challenges, pain management, and a wide variety of conditions. EFT has been recently used for enhancing the performance of individuals in personal, business, sales and sports domains. This technique is attractive not only because of the potential for quick and lasting results, but because it can be taught to people to use themselves. Almost anyone can use EFT to good effect as a self healing tool. Recently a study was performed that claimed 86-90% success rates in only six EFT sessions for war veterans suffering from PTSD.
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Lori Todd, PhD
Dr. Lori Todd is the senior coach at WorldLegacy  and a Leadership and Advanced Trainer.  Lori has been coaching and leading transformational workshops since 1996, and leads trainings across the United States and Mexico.  She received a BS from Antioch College, MS from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 1990, she became an Assistant Professor at UNC and, in 1994, President Clinton awarded her a Presidential Faculty Fellow award for her teaching and research.  Lori is Certified in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  See DrLoriTodd.com

WorldLegacy Trainer and Staying Healthy

WorldLegacy Trainer and Staying Healthy

I am often asked how I stay healthy.

To be healthy I play games with myself.  I give myself short goals.  Walk for 15 minutes, go to the gym for 30 minutes, do 25 sit ups.  Many times I end up doing much more.  I find if I break down my goals into shorter pieces my mind says it is OK and even may end up doing more.  If I don’t exceed it, I don’t beat myself up, I am proud I did it.  People have asked my how I stay healthy during the WorldLegacy trainings.  Days before the trainings, mentally I get ready for a training through visualizations, and physically I prepare through eating well.  I also make my health shakes, ginger for tea, packets of vitamins, etc.  I have a ritual every morning where I exercise my voice, take my vitamins and food and clear my mind.  Many times I do EFT in the morning and evening to clear anything else during the trainings.  I also see a chiropractor/oriental medicine practitioner after every Breakthough training as well as an acupuncturist.

Lori Todd, PhD
Dr. Lori Todd is the senior coach at WorldLegacy and a Leadership and Advanced Trainer.  Lori has been coaching and leading transformational workshops since 1996, and leads trainings across the United States and Mexico.  She received a BS from Antioch College, MS from Cornell University, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 1990, she became an Assistant Professor at UNC and, in 1994, President Clinton awarded her a Presidential Faculty Fellow award for her teaching and research, one of thirteen scientists in the US.  In 1995, Lori was a finalist for the Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation for her research in mapping harmful chemicals in air.  In addition to being a scientist, trainer and coach, Lori is an artist and animal lover.  See DrLoriTodd.com

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